Mayoral Candidates Issue Allegations Against Byron Brown

August 8, 2013 Updated Aug 8, 2013 at 6:44 PM EDT

By Jill Perkins

August 8, 2013 Updated Aug 8, 2013 at 6:44 PM EDT

Buffalo- There can only be one mayor of the city of buffalo and right now the job belongs to Byron Brown.

But the two candidates hoping to knock him out of office are alleging serious claims against him today.

"I think the public deserves to hear for themselves what what was said by Byron and by administration officials regarding these allegations," said Democratic candidate Bernie Tolbert.

The allegations, Tolbert says are "pay to play" tactics in Brown's administration. The mayoral hopeful is asking for the release of Mayor Byron Brown's video deposition from a federal court case.

"Now we learn of a lawsuit filed by a city employee that alleges he was not allowed promotional opportunities or permanent status because he would not contribute to the brown campaign," said Tolbert.

Mayor Brown defended himself and his administration, saying "I can say that the claim is absolutely frivolous,theres no truth to it whatsoever."

But the criticism didn't stop with Tolbert.

Republican candidate for mayor Sergio Rodriguez is asking the Erie County District Attorney to look into the mayor's campaign materials.

Rodriguez says he wants officials to pursue the concerns he says the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association that Byron Brown committed a crime through the use of city resources and personnel in the making of his campaign ads.

"Anybody that participated in the commercials did so on their own time. Everything that was done was accurate and permissible," said Brown

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