Representative and former mayor William G. Reinstein portrait takes place of honor in council chambers

Reinstein Family with the portrait: Shown during the portrait unveiling at city hall on Monday night, son, William Reinstein, Jr., wife, Maureen Reinstein, and daughter, State Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein. (Advocate photo / Aaron Keebaugh)

By Aaron Keebaugh


Those who visit the Council Chamber in city hall these days will notice a new portrait hanging on the wall behind the council desks.

City councillors unveiled a portrait of William G. Reinstein Monday night. The black-and-white photograph joins Reinstein Park and the Reinstein Bandstand as monuments to his life in public service.

During his long political career, Reinstein served on the Revere School Committee (1964-1967), the Northeastern Regional School Committee (1966-1969), and Revere City Council (1968-1969). In addition, he served as mayor, winning his first of three terms term in 1971 at the age of 31.

And in his long tenure in the state legislature, Reinstein sat on the House Ways and Means Committee and Committee on Rules. He also served as Assistant Majority Leader.

After a long bought with cancer, he died at the age of 59 on May 15, 1998.

“I’m sure he’s looking down with his big smile,” Mayor Dan Rizzo said Monday night after the unveiling.