Campaign for Mayor in Buffalo Heating Up

August 1, 2013 Updated Aug 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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August 1, 2013 Updated Aug 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Buffalo's democratic primary for mayor is in its final weeks, and the campaign is getting intense.

The campaigns and political advertisements are heating up.

A new 60 second televised commercial airing for Mayor Byron Brown focuses on the theme of "progress" in Buffalo.

However, a counter-claim on social media and YouTube from challenger Bernie Tolbert says the advertisement is an exaggeration.

Thursday afternoon, Tolbert also dropped a bombshell accusation of voter intimidation.

"People have told us that they have been contacted by the Brown administration, and been advised that they should not be involved with my campaign," Tolbert claims.

Brown's camp says he is not responding to unsubstantiated claims, and that he is trying to keep a positive campaign.

"I work to find ways that we can make positive things happen in this community, and lift people up, elevate people," Brown states.

When asked about Tolbert's accusation that there is not enough development in the Queen City, Brown said, "he just moved back to the city of Buffalo, so clearly he doesn't seem that well acquainted with what's happening in that community."

Tolbert counters that claim, saying "I've been talking to people and listening to people and I would suggest that it's Byron Brown that's not listening and doesn't know Buffalo."

Both are puling out the endorsements. Thursday morning, Assemblyman Sean Ryan became the third assembly member to endorse Brown. Later that afternoon, Tolbert stood with a Buffalo resident who aid that he helped face-track solutions in her neighborhood.