September 17, 2015
Christopher Cheeseman, Tax & Business Services Partner, Quoted in Newsday Article, "Island's August Job Growth Strongest Since 2013, Data Show."
By Carrie Mason-Draffen
The Long Island economy had 20,500 more jobs in August, compared with a year earlier, the strongest growth in any month since 2013, state Labor Department data released Thursday show.
The private-education and health-services sector led gains, with 9,600 more jobs than the year before. Those figures reflect the increasing number of urgent-care and cancer-care centers and growing demand for home-health services, said Shital Patel, labor-market analyst in the Labor Department's Hicksville office.
Another sector that gained on Long Island was professional and business services, which includes lawyers and accountants. It grew by 1,900 jobs.
Christopher Cheeseman, 40, was rehired by Melville-based Marcum LLP, Long Island's largest accounting firm, in May. The firm has 1,300 employees, including 300 in Melville.
Cheeseman had left the firm in 2009 after nine years to purchase a small accounting firm with a partner. But the Massapequa resident kept in touch with Marcum and said their firms even referred business to each other.
In January, a Marcum partner approached Cheeseman about coming back. Cheeseman, who had started looking for another job in December, couldn't resist.
"There is so much opportunity here," said Cheeseman, who is a Marcum partner. His rehiring, he said, "confirmed that they thought as highly of me as I thought of them."
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