Mayor Brown Picks Up Two Endorsements by Local Leaders

September 2, 2013 Updated Sep 2, 2013 at 6:46 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

September 2, 2013 Updated Sep 2, 2013 at 6:46 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW)- Mayor Brown has picked up two endorsements in his campaign for re-election

Senator Tim Kennedy and Congressmen Brian Higgins announced Monday, they support Brown serving another term.

Each pointed to what they say is progress made under his administration including lower tax rates, reduced crime, and increased economic development.

"There is more economic development happening in Buffalo than I have seen in my lifetime or in generations before me," said Senator Kennedy.

"The city is moving in the right direction people are happy and people are confident," said Congressman Higgins.

Brown's opponents, Republican Sergio Rodriguez and Democrat Bernie Tolbert, said they do not feel the endorsement significantly impacst the election.

"Byron is a career politician and he is getting the support of other career politicians. I am not on the other hand, I am an independent," said Tolbert.

"It is not anything special to get an endorsement from one politician in the same party to another politician in the same party. The only endorsement that matters is the endorsement of the people of Buffalo," said Rodrigez.